PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today 2 (2005), No. 1 (11.04.2005)
Periodontal Health Re-Establishment in Cleft Lip and Palate Patients through Vestibuloplasty Associated with Fee Gingival Graft
de Almeida, Ana Lucia Pompeia Fraga / Pereira, Tatiana / Siqueira, Aline Franco / de Barros Carrilho, Guilherme Paes / Greghi, Sebastiao Luiz Aguiar / de Resende, Daniel Romeu Benchimol
This article aims to present the surgical technique of vestibuloplasty with free gingival graft by means of clinical cases. Cleft lip and palate patients frequently present alterations at the anterior maxillary sulcus area. Their shallow vestibule is often associated with labial immobility, lack of keratinized mucosa causing mobility of the gingival margin of teeth adjacent to the cleft and poor hygiene maintenance. Vestibuloplasty is a commonly used technique to decrease these consequences and, when associated with free gingival grafts, it can reestablish the homeostasis of the marginal gingiva.
Keywords: vestibuloplasty, gingiva transplantation, cleft lip and palate